Lukaku, Hazard star as Belgium rout Tunisia

Sherman Parsons
June 23, 2018

Eden Hazard praises Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku for his goalscoring prowess and talent following the Red Devils' 5-2 win over Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup. A spot in the round of 16 is nearly certain after an opening 3-0 win over Panama.

Lukaku, who also had a brace against Panama on Monday, has scored 17 goals in his last 11 global games, Hazard scored his first two World Cup goals with a penalty in the opening minutes and Michy Batshuayi capped off the scoring late.

Group G concludes on Thursday, with England playing Belgium in Kaliningrad and Tunisia facing playing Panama at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Tunisia hit back two minutes later with a Dylan Bronn header as Belgium's own sometimes shaky defending was exposed but another misplaced Tunisian pass enabled Thomas Meunier to feed his goal-hungry striker as Lukaku clipped in to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.

Wahbi Khazri found a second consolation for the Tunisians after steering home a cross-field pass a minute from time.

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The full-back's late challenge on Hazard was deemed, with the use of VAR, to have been just inside the area and the Chelsea man stepped up to crack the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-left corner.

With half-time approaching, the Belgians grabbed their third goal.

Tunisia, also without a point after two matches, having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points.

Michy Batshuayi closed in on his first World Cup goal, but his attempt was cleared off the line after rounding Mustapha 14 minutes to full-time.

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